COVID-19 Special Issue: Call-for-Papers for the Journal of CSWB


Worldwide Colleagues in CSWB and LEPH:

We are just over a month into the declared COVID-19 pandemic and all its associated tragedy around the world. So much has already been learned in this short period, and we know that many more lessons are yet to be discovered and shared for the benefit of safe and healthier futures, everywhere.

The global lens has perhaps never before been so sharply focused on the valiant and vital work of our health, human services and first responder professionals, and by extension, on the researchers, analysts, scholars and policy-makers who must capture, build and disseminate the knowledge and evidence that supports their work and their safety.

We have chosen to dedicate our next Journal of CSWB Issue 5(2) to supporting this urgent effort as best we can, with a target date to publish this special issue in July.

As such, we are issuing this special call-for-papers as widely as possible in hopes of receiving, reviewing, and featuring as many well-informed perspectives of direct or indirect relevance to the current public health crisis and its associated challenges for community safety and well-being in all its forms. Our article categories include Original Research (peer-reviewed), Practice Guidelines (peer-reviewed), Social Innovation Narratives (peer-reviewed), Commentaries, Records of Proceedings, Editorials and unique Food-for-Afterthought perspectives. Our Editorial Sections span Trust, Strengths, Services and Justice.

To meet our publishing timelines, we will need to receive items requiring peer review by May 10, and all other selections by no later than May 31. On behalf of our whole editorial and publishing team, I hope you will join us in this mission, and we look forward to receiving your works.

Thank you and stay well.

Norman E. Taylor
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being



Manuscripts may be submitted electronically through our online submission and peer review system. For information about article submission and preparation, go to:


The Journal of CSWB is the flagship publication of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA), a Canada based consortium of public, private and academic interests which aims to advance the knowledge, social science and evidence base in support of multi-sector approaches to building stronger and healthier individuals, families and communities in Canada and beyond.

The Journal of CSWB is a peer-reviewed and open access publication that is positioned to be the authoritative global resource for high-impact research that spans all human service and criminal justice sectors. The Journal showcases the latest research, originating from within Canada and/or abroad, and relevant to Canadian and international communities and professionals. The Journal aims to attract a broad audience of multi-sector policymakers, practitioners and researchers worldwide. In 2018, the Journal became the official peer-reviewed publication of the global Law Enforcement and Public Health community (LEPH).

Our Vision

Improved social equity and well-being outcomes for individuals, families and communities, everywhere.

Our Mission

To advance knowledge, evidence and dialogue to support the considered adoption of public policy, the sustainability of related practices, and the best principles of multi-sector collaboration, at the intersections among health, education, human services and criminal justice systems. Our core principles are reflected in the four primary Editorial Sections that further underpin this mission: Trust, Strengths, Services and Justice.